Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Happy Message for You!

Hello Everyone:  I know this has been and still is a difficult time for all of us.  We hope you all are healthy and staying indoors right now to slow the spread of this virus.  I, along with many of you, was inspired to go to my studio and create a card with a happy message to hopefully cheer us all up!

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"- I hope this is the way we can be right now, even though it's hard!  I used B Line Designs stamps for this card along with Creative Impressions 1/4" Black Grid Ribbon (70276) and a White Button (51000).

I used a 1 1/2" punch to punch out three circles.  I then laid them on the right side of my yellow card and drew around them with a pencil.  I lined up the same punch with the pencil marks and punched three circles out of the yellow card.  I then placed a black card stock layer under the yellow card and traced around the circles onto the black card stock layer.  A slightly smaller 1 1/4" punch was used to punch out the center, creating a black layered mat.  I stamped the bee stamp on white card stock and placed the images behind the black mats.  I then adhered the yellow and black layers together.

I stamped the honeycomb on another piece of yellow card stock and layered it to black card stock.  I wrapped a piece of our Black Grid Ribbon around the panel and added a White Button to the center.  I wove the grid ribbon through the holes, tied a know and clipped the ends.  The panel was then adhered to the main card.

There you have it!  Hang in there, don't worry and be happy!


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Spring Birthday Card

I know most of us are certainly ready for warmer days - could Spring really be right around the corner?  Yes, it is!  I have lots of birthdays in March and April, so I got to work to create some birthday cards in Spring colors!  Here is one of them:

This card makes me think "retro" and back to my days in the late 60's and 70's - oh dear, did I just age myself?

The whole card was made from scraps of card stock and embellished with, what other than fabulous Creative Impressions embellishments!  They absolutely "make" the card!  I cut out circles in different diameters with yellow, pink and purple card stock scraps and them placed them on a leftover piece of light green card stock that I ran through my Sizzix with a dot pattern embossing folder.

Once I was happy with the placement, I laid different Creative Impressions Flowers in Medium Sheer and Iridescent along with Small Sheer and Iridescents on top of the larger circles.  I then used some of our Tropical and Pastel Round Brads in different colors to create the flower.  I poked a hole through the card stock circle with a paper awl, added the flowers and adhered the larger circles over the previously adhered smaller ones using foam tape.

To finish this card, Creative Impressions Happy Birthday Ribbon Expressions was used to wrap around the opposite side of the card which was previously added to a purple panel.  No stamped sentiment required!  The ribbon says it all!  Finally, this panel was adhered to a larger pink one and finally to a white card.  What could be easier?

Hope this birthday card gives you some inspiration to make some for yourselves!

Happy Almost Spring!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Thinking About Spring.....

Anyone else obsessed with spring this year?  I pretty much am every year during January & February.  Riding out the winter, being patient (or at least trying).  But this year I'm looking forward to spring with such joy!  And it's almost here!

I created this spring tag anticipating adding it to a soon-to-be-created junk journal.  For the foreseeable future most of my posts are going to be additions to my junk journal, 
the Creative Impressions way!

I started with a tea stained tag.  I spritzed it with Distress Oxide Sprays in pink, lilac, and amber.  I adhered a bit of lilac web ribbon.  I took my scissors and snipped the edge of the web ribbon from a couple of different angles to get a torn look.

Creative Impressions plain twill ribbon in natural is one of my favorites.  I keep it in every width available.

I spritzed the twill ribbon with Distress Oxide Spray in Fossilized Amber to prepare to make faux flowers.  Snip a length of twill ribbon long enough for a rectangular bit.

Fold the twill ribbon into a triangle, mismatching the corners.  Fold again into a smaller triangle.  You will need a touch of tacky glue to make the triangle hold.  Mismatching the corners creates a random effect with lots of earthy texture. 

I go to thrift stores and buy denim to cut up and use for art projects.  Here I've used a pair of white jeans.  Denim is heavier and provides a good base for my flowers.  Add a dot of thick sticky glue onto each of the four corners of the denim base and glue down the triangles to create a faux flower.  I use Alleen's Tacky Glue.  Its so thick that pieces adhere almost right away and I don't burn myself with a hot glue gun.

Now comes the fun part.  I made a little faux garden with my twill flowers, mini brads, jumbo ric rak, and a pretty copper dragonfly.  

I'll be adding to my junk journal with more Creative Impressions embellishments.  I can't wait to share it with you!  Thanks for stopping by the Creative Impressions blog.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Embellish those Valentines with Creative Impressions!

Happy almost Valentines Day to everyone!  Today I would like to share with you three Valentines I created using a stamp and Creative Impressions Embellishments:

I used the same Hero Arts Leafy Vine stamp for all of the cards, but in different ways.  It was obvious that all the cards needed "a little something" after the stamping was complete.  Creative Impressions embellishments to the rescue!

For the first card, I embossed the stamp onto red card stock using Versamark pigment ink and white embossing powder.  I die cut a heart from the front of the white card and adhered the red panel to the inside of the white card so that the embossing would show through the heart to the front of the card.  The card was pretty, but needed a bow using our Red Crepe Ribbon (70130).  I finished the card by adding a paper rose and some rose buds.  This card would also work as a wedding or anniversary card - simple yet elegant.

I inked the stamp with black ink this time and stamped it onto a a white card stock panel.  I then die cut a heart into the center of the panel and used the die cut heart as the center of my card.

I adhered lots of Creative Impressions Red Medium Heart Paper Fasteners (90313) to various places on the heart and adhered a bow made with White with Red Swirl Organdy Ribbon (70299) to the top of the heart.  I adhered the heart with foam tape to a red panel with the words "Be Mine".  The red panel was adhered to a black panel and finally the card.

The last card was created using the panel with the "missing" heart that was die cut from this panel earlier:

I placed a red card stock panel behind the open heart and adhered this to a black panel and finally to the white card.  This time a created a bow with the White with Black Swirl Organdy Ribbon (70308) and adhered a paper rose to the center of the bow.  The word "Valentine was stamped onto a piece of white scrap and backed with a slightly larger black panel.  Two Red Medium Heart brads (90313) were adhered to the panel at the beginning and end of the word.  The entire panel was them adhered to the red Valentine heart.

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  They were very easy to make.  With the right Creative Impressions embellishments, they are sure to impress any recipient!  Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A Little Valentine Bling

Today I am featuring a very simple Valentine care with a little bling - super easy!

I went first to my patterned paper scrap box and found some pretty pink scraps to go along with a Creative Impressions Felt Heart (63130)  I ran a length of Magenta Glimmer Ribbon (70257) along the seam where I joined the two pieces of paper, using some glue to keep the ends from fraying.

After placing the felt heart in the center of a square of patterned paper and cardstock, I added a small piece of the ribbon to the center of the heart and added a Small Heart Bling (50535) in the center.

To finish I added Small Heart Bling to each corner of the center square.  Easy bling with Creative Impressions!

Have fun making Valentines!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Spring, anyone?

Well, it's that time of year!  It comes right after Christmas.  Not winter, but the time when I'm counting the days till spring.  And when I'm creating, it can be spring right now!

This spring card with a vintage flair was created with lots of layers via Creative Impressions.  Blues and browns combine for an earthy feel on this mixed media inspired piece.

How many layers can you count?

The smallest snip of ribbon can be dramatic when its got a little sparkle!

As of date of publishing this post, 62 days till spring.... and it just started snowing.  :-)

Matte Black Frame 84503
Antique Ruler Twill Ribbon 80486
Small Felt Blossoms & Leaves pastel 62001
Medium Felt Blossoms & Leaves pastel 62101
Pewter Screw Top 90000
Pastel Mini Stars 90294
Cork Paper 89000
Gypsy Trim

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Easy Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!  If you are feeling like you are running behind this year and are tempted to buy store-bought Christmas cards, don't do it!  If your friends and family are looking forward to your hand-made cards this year, I have an easy and pretty solution!  Here are 3 cards made easy by Creative Impressions:

This first card was created using a Pine Branch die along with Creative Impressions Christmas Ornament Felt Shapes (63121).   The Pine branch was adhered onto a white card stock panel followed by 2 ornaments.  The bows at the tops of the ornaments were created with Creative Impressions Mustard Thin Twine.  The word "Peace" was stamped at the bottom to finish the panel.  Finally, the panel was adhered to a burgundy card stock mat , then to a patterned paper panel and finally to the card.  The best part  is that the patterned paper isn't even specifically Christmas  paper.  Look through your stash to find the perfect pattern!

Now for our second card:  First I wrapped our Merry Christmas Twill Expressions Ribbon (80464) around the bottom of a white card stock panel to which I first added some red color around the edges.  Then I once again used a pine branch die.  The pine branch was adhered down to the panel over the Twill.  Holes were punched over my pine branch and our Metallic Light Bulb Paper Fasteners (90655) were added.  The "joy" sentiment was stamped, the white panel was adhered to a red panel, a patterned paper panel and finally the folded card.

Last, but not least, here is a card with no stamped sentiments as Creative Impressions Merry and Bright Ribbon Expressions says it all!

Again, starting with a white card stock panel, adhere our Merry and Bright Ribbon Expressions (80333) down twice, leaving a space in-between.  Cut a piece of our Celery Leafy Vine (70220) and adhere to the space using our Red Mini Round Fasteners.(90109).   Finally, create a poinsettia by using a White Glimmer Round (90907) a Red Medium Sheer Blossom (60603) and Sheer Leaves.  Punch a hole with a paper awl and thread fastener to the back of the card stock panel.
Add red ink around the edges of the white panel, adhere to a red card stock panel, a patterned paper panel and finally to the folded card.

Easy Peasy!  You still have several weeks before Christmas!